Ghosts of Lower Zambezi
Your 12-day adventure to the southeast corner of Zambia
Balanced tour with alternating demanding and easy stages as well as enough time to relax and visit one of our aid projects.
Tour profile: predominantly light to heavy gravel, isolated sand passages & transfer roads with tar. Daily travel of ~100-200km
Please note that due to the current situation with the corona virus, your booking may need to be changed. However, we always keep you up to date and inform you in good time about any postponements.
Our infamous tour to southeast Zambia. The jewel of Lower Zambezi National Park is arguably one of the greatest highlights that Zambia has to offer. We cover more than 1000 kilometers in just two weeks.
Our tour guide Burkard has been to the southeastern corner of Zambia countless times. A few years ago we also discovered a spot there that can hardly be surpassed in terms of wildness: The Chongwe Falls. Located right on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park, it offers a unique opportunity to truly be in the wilderness. Because when it gets dark, some residents of the area make themselves known through their sounds. Game sightings are also not uncommon. We have already got in close contact with elephants, lions, hyenas, hippos and crocodiles. Not for the faint-hearted!
Finally, the Lower Zambezi National Park is a smorgasbord of different flora and fauna. We go past withered bushes, large baobab trees across a vast steppe into an almost magical forest, where not only elephants but also monkeys, impalas (roebucks) and even lions are waiting for us.
After a few days of wilderness, we go the opposite route and take a trip to Lake Kariba, the sea of Zambia. Long sandy beaches, fantastic sunsets and the evening Braaii – the grill – await you there. The culture of grilling is different from ours, but is very important in Zambia and the South African countries.
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Your plane lands in Lusaka, you get out and feel the oppressive heat for the first time and think you could cut the air. After all formalities have been clarified, we head off with our own transfer to the Luangwa Safari Lodge in Kabwe, our home base. You can expect cold beer and a hot grill.
We hope you could recover well from your flight – and are really looking forward to finally getting into the saddle. Today all the final arrangements for the start of the tour are made and a test ride with your motorcycle awaits you.
Today you will get to know one of our aid projects: The Balaka School near Kabwe. We started the project a few years ago with the idea of giving something back to the local community. Of course, the visit takes place with your motorcycle. And with your booking you have already contributed to the fact that we can continue to push the project forward.
We start with our bikes at dawn and head to the Leopard Hill Cave, where we will camp for the first time. Of course, we are not on the paved road, but make our way through rocky gravel slopes. A stopover at a farm rounds off this stage.
Downhill is the name of the game: The infamous Leopard Hill Road can hardly be called a road. We go over some tricky passages down into the Lower Zambezi Valley. The view extends far to the horizon, but you should also take good care of the stones in front of you. In the evening we set up camp either in an abandoned camp or in a lodge with a tent site.
We continue from our camp to Chongwe Falls, where we camp for 1 or 2 nights under a giant tree. You can go on an evening walking safari or take a jeep to the Lower Zambezi National Park for a night safari.
Out of the deep bush! We continue to Gwabi Lodge, which specializes on activities regarding the Zambezi River. We set up our tents, jump into the pool and take a river cruise on the majestic Zambezi in the evening.
We continue from Gwabi Lodge towards Chirundu, where we can run some errands. After that we continue on a sandy slope to Sandy Beach Lodge. As you can see – sand is everywhere here – and this can also be seen on site – at the beautiful Lake Kariba.
Now you really have some time to kick up your feet or hang them in the water. Or you get on your motorcycle and look at the imposing dam nearby, visit a crocodile farm or browse through the local fish market.
It’s slowly time to start the return journey. We head northwest and get to Otter Bay, where we either camp at a lodge or in the bush. You can expect about 200 kilometres of mixed gravel and tar today.
We head back from Otter Bay via the city of Chongwe and then on to the farm – where we spend another night and you can roam through the “car museum”. What that means? Let yourself be surprised…
After a relaxed breakfast, it’s back to the Luangwa Safari Lodge – and into the pool. With a couple of cold beers, we look back at what we have experienced and maybe we can savor the nightlife in Kabwe.
It is hard to say goodbye – after a few warm and sweaty hugs, the group returns to the airport in Lusaka.
Welcome back – wherever you came from. Take some time to get back to normal. And if it doesn’t work out, talk to us and we will plan your next trip.
Our itinerary shows you exactly to the day which destinations we are heading for and which activities await you. But please be aware that Zambia and nature are always changing. Paths can be washed up, the weather can change, or some of your friends just need a break.
That is why we are always planning enough buffers so that we can adapt our tour accordingly. “Then we’ll just make a plan,” as our tour guide Burkard always says.
How to make a booking
First you can send us a booking request without any obligation. Think about the following questions:
Then we can either talk about your wishes and ideas via email, WhatsApp or by phone. If everything fits, we ask you to pay 30% of the booking price. The remaining 70% is due two months before the departure date.